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2014 British Chess Championships – schedule

The schedule for the 2014 British Chess Championships will be confirmed before the end of September. Some modifications to the 2013 schedule may be made, in order to best fit the Championship tournaments in within the constraints of the end of school term time in England, and the start of the 2014 Chess Olympiad in Tromso, Norway.

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BCC 2014 Qualifying Regulations

PLEASE NOTE – these regulations are not as advertised in the BCC2013 programme

Entitlement to Play in the British Championships

Only players who fulfil one of the following criteria shall have the right of entry to the Championship sections of the Annual Congresses:

(a) British Citizenship, or
(b) British Overseas Territories Citizenship, or
(c) Citizenship of Ireland, or
(d) not less than one years continuous ordinary residence in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland ending on the 30th June in the calendar year of the Championship in question, or
(e) not less than one years continuous ordinary residence in Ireland ending on the 30th June in the calendar year of the Championship in question, or
(f) not less than one years continuous ordinary residence in the Channel Islands ending on the 30th June in the calendar year of the Championship in question, or
(g) not less than one years continuous ordinary residence in the Isle of Man ending on the 30th June in the calendar year of the Championship in question

Read on — BCC 2014 Qualifying Regulations

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John Littlewood U18 Best Game Prize

The prestigious John Littlewood U18 Best Game Prize 2013 goes to Andrew Horton for his game against Stephen Homer which involved a very pretty Rook sacrifice.

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Think Drink Bullet Chess Challenge – the movie


With thanks to Matthew Carr – the Think Drink Bullet Chess Challenge … just click to watch!

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Think Drink Champion of Champions

The Think Drink Champion of Champions was won by Keith Arkell. He took the lead on Day 1 of the tournament with 22 points earned during the Bullet Chess Challenge, and amassed a final total of 35 points, thanks to further scores in the British Team Blitz Championship and the British Championship itself.

His nearest rival was Dion Huang, who scored 27 points. His score was composed from the 6.5/7 he scored on his way to the British Under 13 Champion title, and scored 13 points in the Daily Problem Solving competition.

Arkell commented, “I’d like to thank ‘Think Drink’ for their generous sponsorship of the Arkell-Lane Bullet Chess Challenge, and also for including within their package the ‘Champion of Champions’ title, which was open to all competitors in the Congress. I took advantage of many opportunities to sample Think Drink and found all three flavours to have a refreshing and natural taste. Whilst my pleasure in consuming the drink was certainly enhanced by the knowledge that it was free from added sugars, artificial colourings and preservatives, the real benefit was that it gave me a lift, and, unlike with coffee for example, I didn’t feel sleepy later.”

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2013 Prize list

The complete 2013 prize list has been compiled and can be accessed here.

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David Howell is 2013 British Champion

By virtue of winning his round 10 game as Black against Ameet Ghasi, David Howell has reached an uncatchable score of 9/10, 1½ points ahead of Gawain Jones (who David will play in the last round) and Mark Hebden.  Many congratulations to David.  He has won the Championship once before, in 2009, when the event was also held in Torquay.

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Norm Chances

GM Norm
A Ghasi needs a GM in rd 10. If over 2573 then needs 1½/2 otherwise 2/2

IM Norms
D Mackle needs to win today
R Weaving needs 1½/2 v 2470 tomorrow or 2/2 v 2065 both dropping rd3 win

WIM Norm
S Hegarty needs draw today or 1/2 v 2178 titled tomorrow for 10 round norm

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